In March of this year, Japanese Ambassador Koji Tomita and California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on behalf of Japan and California. It outlines areas of cooperation to strengthen efforts to combat climate change in areas such as renewable energy, zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), energy storage, and water conservation.
Please join us on Thursday, October 20, in Sunnyvale for a very special program to learn how Japanese companies and Silicon Valley start-ups are partnering to develop technologies and build new businesses in areas ranging from batteries to quantum computing to behavior-shaping software apps, which will make significant contributions to reducing carbon emissions and meeting global climate change goals.
ENGLISH PROGRAM / 英語プログラム
Date and Time:
Thursday, October 20th, 2022 from 3:30-6:30pm (PDT)
Plug and Play Tech Center | 440 N Wolfe Rd, Sunnyvale, CA 94085
*Light food and drink will be provided.
4:00-4:10pm Opening Remark, Yasushi Noguchi | Consul-General of Japan in San Francisco & Special Guest Remarks, Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis | Lieutenant Governor of California
4:10-4:30pm Fireside Chat, Tess Hatch | Partner, Bessemer Ventures Partners and Bill Bien | Chief Executive Officer, Forever Oceans& International Climate Tech & ESG Innovator
4:30-5:00pm Companies Presentation
- Honda Innovations | Raymond Zheng, Managing Director, Honda Xcelerator Program
- Blue Planet Systems Company | Jessica Maderos, Lead Process Engineer
- Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas) | Nobukyuki “Nobu” Baba, Senior Vice President, General Manager of Silicon Valley Branch
- Orbital Sidekick | Dan Katz, CEO & Co-Founder
5:00-5:15pm Break | Networking and Refreshment
5:15-5:30pm Entertainment, Kyle & Su | Tsugaru Shamisen
5:30-6:00pm Companies Presentation
- NEC X, Inc. | Naoto Mizuguchi, Director, Strategic Planning and Business Development
- Fujitsu Research of America, Inc. | Surya Josyula, VP
- H.I.S. U.S.A. Holding, Inc. | Satoshi Tobinaga, Special Project Manager
- PsiQuantum | Pete Shadbolt, Co-Founder, Chief Scientific Officer
6:00-6:05pm Closing Remark, Steve Pollock | President, Japan Society of Northern California
Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners
Chief Executive Officer, Forever Oceans & International Climate Tech & ESG Innovator
Blue Planet Systems Company
Blue Planet Systems Corporation was founded in 2012 to commercialize a revolutionary approach to CO2 management at the gigatons scale by converting captured CO2 into limestone construction aggregates where it is permanently sequestered into building materials. Blue Planet uses its proprietary Geomimetic ® process, that mimics similar natural chemical process that have regulated Earth’s atmospheric CO2 over many hundreds of millions of years and created coral reefs, the White Cliffs of Dover, and almost all-natural limestone, which contain most of Earth’s carbon. Without complex CO2 separation or purification steps or reliance on subsidies, and now ready to implement with existing aggregate handling infrastructure available worldwide, Blue Planet believes it has developed the only truly scalable method for capturing and permanently managing billions of tons of CO2 before 2035.
H.I.S. U.S.A. Holding, Inc.
H.I.S. U.S.A. Holding, Inc. is a sub-company of H.I.S. Group which operates one of the biggest travel agencies in Japan. They have 297 branches in 61 countries and 113 cities across the globe. They have been active in the US for over 30 years, with offices in New York, California, Hawaii, Michigan, and Texas.H.I.S. U.S.A. Holding, Inc. is a company that operates the entire H.I.S. branches in North America but also seeks to find possibilities for the cocreation of new businesses with startup companies. The startup division is active on the West Coast, especially in Silicon Valley. Since 2019, HIS USA has invested and R&D on companies in and out of the travel industry. Some industries include; entertainment, energy, agriculture, robotics, and retail. H.I.S. Group has the capability to test new technologies/services before the products hit the intended market by using its worldwide network, its own OTA website, and the gargantuan theme park they own in Japan.
Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)
Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas) (“MCA”) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation (“MC”), a global integrated business enterprise with 10 business groups that operate across virtually every industry. These include natural gas, industrial materials, petroleum & chemicals, mineral resources, industrial infrastructure, automotive & mobility, food industry, consumer industry, power solution, and urban development. Through its various business groups and subsidiaries, MCA engages in strategic investment and global trading of industrial and consumer products.
Fujitsu Research of America, Inc.
Fujitsu Research of America (formerly known as Fujitsu Laboratories of America)was founded in Silicon Valley to extend the global reach of Fujitsu R&D. It supports our purpose to make the world more sustainable by building trust in society through innovation. Through our advanced research, we aspire to put people first and integrate information and communications technology (ICT) seamlessly into our daily lives to solve the many challenges our customers and society face.
We leverage our locations in North America to foster an open and networked innovation ecosystem, working closely with top universities, research institutions, standards groups, the startup venture community, and our Fujitsu North America companies and their customers and partners.
Headquartered in Silicon Valley and operating globally, Honda Innovations drives corporate transformation within all areas of Honda. Its strategic investment and open innovation program, Honda Xcelerator, is a catalyst to accelerate new businesses and back early-stage technologies. From direct investment and co-development to strategic partnership with startups, Honda Innovations’ focus is building a better world by realizing the carbon-neutral future of mobility.
NEC X, Inc. was launched by NEC Corporation in 2018 to fast-track NEC R&D’s technologies into new businesses in Silicon Valley. NEC X’s 6-to-12-month venture studio program invites entrepreneurs and early-stage startup founders, incubates their businesses, and accelerates their launch and growth by providing hands-on support, mentorship, funding, and access to NEC’s technologies. NEC X involves many external players in the startup ecosystem such as accelerators or investors in our program to maximize the power of open innovation to bring new values to society. NEC X has won industry-leading awards such as “Best in Biz” and “BIG Innovation.” Until now, NEC X has launched 6 startups, 3 more will be launched by December 2022, and 1 business has spun into NEC.
Powered by breakthroughs in silicon photonics and fault-tolerant quantum architecture, PsiQuantum is building the first utility-scale quantum computer to solve some of the world’s most important challenges. PsiQuantum’s approach is based on photonic qubits, which have significant advantages at the scale required to deliver a fault-tolerant, general-purpose quantum computer. With quantum chips now being manufactured in a world-leading semiconductor fab, PsiQuantum is uniquely positioned to deliver quantum capabilities that will drive advances in climate, healthcare, finance, energy, agriculture, transportation, communications, and beyond. To learn more, visit www.psiquantum.com.
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Kyle & Su | Tsugaru Shamisen
Today, Kyle & Su will take you on a musical adventure with “Tsugaru Shamisen”, a modern and energetic style from Northern Japan. Based in Santa Cruz, CA and Berlin, Germany, Kyle & Su have dedicated themselves to spreading shamisen music and knowledge about this fascinating instrument across the world. They teach, perform, and create learning materials, encouraging anyone interested to start learning to play themselves in a supportive community.
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